Sacred Use of Tobacco

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For many indigenous peoples, tobacco is a sacred gift from the Creator. Sadly, this sacred medicine has become commercialized and misused. It is important to understand and be respectful of the difference between the sacred use of tobacco and the commercial misuse. 


Find out what Elders have to say at the Cancer Care Ontario's Aboriginal Tobacco Program website.


In order engage Indigenous youth in the exploration of tobacco as a sacred medicine in contrast to the commercial misuse, a series of PhotoVoice projects were created. The goals of the projects showcased below are to:

  • honour the sacred use that fosters health and well-being
  • prevent the commercial misuse that causes death and disease



If you are interested in:

  • having a PhotoVoice project showcased in your area or
  • developing a Youth Engagement PhotoVoice project


contact the Youth Engagement Coordinator at 705-942-4646 Ext 3047.


Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: June 1, 2015